Commack's Stock Is On The Rise

The state of Florida is renowned for perennially producing some of the top wide receiver prospects in America, and the 2008 recruiting class is no different. One of the top pass catchers in the Sunshine State this recruiting year is First Coast (Jacksonville, FL) standout Avis Commack, and the jumbo receiver, who models his game after Calvin Johnson, has seen his stock soar in recent weeks.

The last time checked in with Avis Commack in late March, the athletic 6'4", 182 pound receiver claimed offers from South Carolina, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Illinois, Minnesota, and Purdue. However, since then Commack has picked up offers from two in-state programs and has a third one keeping in close contact with him.

"Miami and South Florida have offered me recently," said Commack. "And Florida State is showing a lot of interest now too."

With the new offers and increased recruiting attention in mind, Commack said that four schools now sit atop his list of favorites, including his previous top two, South Carolina and Georgia Tech, and two of the major Sunshine State powers, Miami and Florida State. The highly touted receiver prospect, who plans to major in either health or sports management in college, shared what he likes about each of his four favorite schools:

South Carolina - "I like their spread offense, and they give their receivers a chance to go get the ball. I could get early playing time there. Shaq (Wilson) was telling me that they need receivers bad after watching their spring game, so I could get early playing time there. I could come in and be a big playmaker for their offense."

Florida State - "Florida State is up there now. They're one of my top schools that I'm wanting to go to, and I'm waiting for an offer to come."

Miami - "Miami is getting up there too. They're recruiting me hard. I don't know too much about their team, but I like their coaching staff. It's a private school, and I heard they have a good academic program. That's important because I'm going to college to get an education first."

Georgia Tech - "They give their receivers a chance to go up and get the ball like Calvin Johnson. I think I could come in and make an even bigger impact than he made."

Two of Commack's teammates at First Coast, Nigel Carr and Shaq Wilson, recently made commitments to their respective college choices, with Carr pledging to Florida State and Wilson announcing for South Carolina. According to Commack, with both of his teammates going to schools that he has high interest in, he is getting an earful from both players to join them at the next level.

"Nigel is talking to me a lot. Every time I see him, he's telling me about Florida State. He always wears his (FSU) hat, and every time I see him, he always touches his hat. Shaq is talking to me too. He's doing the same thing for South Carolina that Nigel is doing for Florida State. They‘re both talking to me a lot about their schools."

Commack, who is being recruited by Coach Steve Spurrier Jr. for the Gamecocks, said he will look for two major factors when deciding on his college choice, but he warned not to expect a decision from him anytime soon.

"I'm basically looking for a good academic program and a chance to play early. It's going to depend on how many receivers they've got coming and going. I don't want to commit early though. I want to make sure I make the right decision, so I'm going to give it some time."

With a great combination of size, speed, and hands, Commack possesses all of the physical tools to become an elite receiver at the college level, but the 2008 standout said he also has the intangibles necessary to succeed on the football field.

"I bring leadership, competition, and everything you're looking for out there. I'm a hard worker, and in crunch time, I can get the team a win. At any point in the game if you need something, I can deliver it for you."

Commack reports a 4.48 second forty yard dash, and he bench presses a solid 230 pounds. The athletic receiver said he plans to attend several team camps this summer along with his First Coast teammates.

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